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Jessica’s Garden: Busy as Bees


This week has been a hectic one for sure. With my belly now growing noticeably a little bigger every day, the strain to get the nursery done has been weighing on the both of us. With our Thanksgiving baby arriving in the very near future, my husband has been working diligently for weeks, as his time allows, to complete the task. My parents have graciously been sacrificing their Sundays for the past few weeks to offer their help.  Initially, we were less concerned about having the room completed prior to her arrival.  However, my mother is likely staying with us for a few days afterwards and we would like to accommodate her better than just the living room couch. And then there’s the issue of 130 year old renovation dust and dirt around a newborn.

As with all the renovations in the farmhouse, painting is only just one step ahead from moving furniture in. Prior to painting, the two layers of wallpaper must be removed from both the ceilings and walls, the remaining wallpaper glue sanded, and the walls patched, spackled and sanded at least twice. Then to encapsulate any lead paint, we’ve consistently been painting the trim with two coats of primer and two coats of paint.  And finally, the ceilings and walls require priming and painting. It’s a long process before even a stitch of paint can be applied. And in my current situation, I am really unable to help with many of the renovation steps.


Although I have told myself I need to start scaling back and resting more, it’s been difficult to implement.  I have recently decided to reinvent myself a bit and take a leap of faith as we change our family dynamic with the arrival of a new baby. A new baby and new focus in an almost new year. After a couple of months of consulting with a local vintage and antique shop, a spot has opened in the shop for me and is available as of November 1.  I am going to begin focusing more career-wise on following my dreams and passions.  Life is short. So as I should likely be taking it easy, this week has been a scramble and slightly chaotic finishing of half- started projects, attending auctions, purchasing appropriate displays for my merchandise, obtaining a business license, and generally organizing myself for move-in day while juggling work and our daily life.


It is an exciting and busy time for our family. I am perpetually amazed at how quickly a second pregnancy flies. While we should be and need to spend some time decompressing before the next chapter starts, we are also admittedly bad at actually doing this. But then again, it keeps us fulfilled and happy.

Posted By: Jessica J. Crawford Behnkes Garden Blogger

Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. She was weeding from the moment she could walk and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run, so many weeds, so little time. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

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